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World's Largest Flower Blooming In Streaming HD

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the fortune-is-in-the-nose-of-the-beholder dept.

Earth 61

npongratz writes "Standing at six feet tall and growing an inch per hour, a corpse flower is set to bloom at the Milwaukee Public Museum. You can keep tabs on this once-in-six-years event in streaming 1080p HD (using VLC), or a lower-bandwidth image feed. A live feed from the smelloscope is unfortunately a few centuries away from being invented."

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Great idea for an article (4, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25626975)

I've been watching this thing for about 10 minutes thinking. In about 9 minutes, everyone on slashdot will see a link for "High Def live video feed" and click on it. Suddenly, the server running this stream will start trying to transfer 50GB/sec (100,000+ users) and this thing WILL JUST DIE. Here we go.

Disclaimer: I know they couldn't transfer 50GB/sec or even 1GB per second.

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

dermoth666 (1019892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627193)

Yep, a wiser idea would have been using some distributed network like Akamai, and cutting the feed off before it get past the 95th percentile (36 hours IIRC) to avoid being charged for it :)

Lasted 15 minutes (2, Informative)

suso (153703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627353)

It was impressive that it lasted longer than 10, but then it just started getting worse and worse until bam, disconnect.

Re:Lasted 15 minutes (2, Funny)

Kadagan AU (638260) | more than 5 years ago | (#25629941)

That's what she said.

Re:Lasted 15 minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25631109)

heads I get tail. Tail, I get some head.

Re:Great idea for an article (5, Funny)

Ngarrang (1023425) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627413)

Is this how slow of a news day we are to expect? Watching plants grow...in HD?

Re:Great idea for an article (3, Funny)

grimarr (223895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627639)

Surely you don't expect us to watch in Standard Def! I mean, this is the 21st century, ya know.

Re:Great idea for an article (2, Funny)

JohnSearle (923936) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627429)

I've been watching this thing for about 10 minutes thinking. In about 9 minutes, everyone on slashdot will see a link for "High Def live video feed" and click on it. Suddenly, the server running this stream will start trying to transfer 50GB/sec (100,000+ users) and this thing WILL JUST DIE. Here we go.

So you've turned the countdown to bloom into the countdown for slashdotting. hmm...

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627683)

You called it. I was only going to watch the image feed for a few seconds, but that's gone.

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628133)

I didn't even bother with the video feed for a number of reasons, although probably the most relevant is I'm transferring a large file over an already slow VPN link as is.

Watching the image feed, I can't help but think to myself "Feed me Seymour!".

Re:Great idea for an article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25628731)

Did the stream just crash like a min. ago? Cause it was playing and now it isn't.

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

jkerman (74317) | more than 5 years ago | (#25631177)

I know ideas of wisconsin bring up mental images of endless fields and cows. But we do have a world-class university here, with a world class data network. GB/s? thats /nothin/

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#25636425)

But we do have a world-class university here, with a world class data network. GB/s? thats /nothin/

Of course! How could I forget? You have that next-gen wonder, the GossipNet, which is rumored to be capable of delivering terabytes/second to any point in the state with perfect reliability

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

bozo88 (116173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25631215)

Actually, they happen to have a 10Gig link on that system but they can't get the code ( VLC? OS X? ) to be efficient enough to saturate the link before they run into another bottleneck. However they are doing their best to make it possible for everyone to watch this in HD. For me on a multicast enabled internet2 connection, the 20 MBit HD stream looks great!

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25635637)

For something like a flower, though, I'd imagine that the bandwidth requirements could be pretty trivial, with the right codec. Send a keyframe every 10 minutes and nobody would even notice.

Re:Great idea for an article (1)

dave dw (1400453) | more than 5 years ago | (#25635991)

the preferred transmission is multicast. for unicast, we now have 5 servers in rotation: 3- dual 3.4 GHz Xeon boxes - with 1 Gbps Ethernet 1- Mac Pro dual 3.0 MHz quadcore Xeon - with 10 Gbps Ethenet 1- xServe dual 3.0 MHz quadcore Xeon - with 1 Gbps Ethernet they are in my office. it is hot.

Re:Great idea for an article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639057)

When it blooms everything within smelling range is going to turn into a zombie. That's how it works! Then we can watch as mass chaos breaks loose in the small town after the zombie outbreak. And the only survivors are those with no sense of smell. Until the government get's involved "erases" the down and chalks it up to as some routine missle testing.

Seriously? (2, Funny)

ccguy (1116865) | more than 5 years ago | (#25626989)

I can't believe this is news. Every TV brand uses flowers to demo the greatness of their products.

In fact, Whenever a friend comes home I share the pain by bragging about my TV by playing a few dozens of these so called 'flower demos'. Not a movie, not a sport event, not a TV show. Flowers. This always make them want to go to closest TV shop.

Re:Seriously? (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25629607)

This is for the republicans who have been following the election. The corpse flower will be adopted, at least for the time, for the party emblem.

Just great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25627079)

I tuned into the new flower-o-vision just in time to see an older guy with his finger about three inches up his nose in glorious full-screen 1080p HD. Just great. Thanks for ruining my lunch, Slashdot!

Top that (1)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628031)

I can top that. It was such a searing sight I have to.

Wandered into Best Buy's high-end HDTV room. I look up from my shuffling feet, and see - duplicated across four dozen big-screen high-def displays covering two large walls - a very bloody live human birth.

Re:Top that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25632919)

wtf..that's not a beautiful flower.

that's just...wrong.

And all I can think is... (2, Funny)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627151)

"FEED ME SEYMOUR!!!"

Gobama (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25627177)

Gobama

Nobama (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25631855)

Nobama

Already saw this happen in HD (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627183)

when I watched Dennis the Menace on Blu-ray.

down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25627205)

It looks like it's down. Anyone have a mirror of the video?

If I Recall... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627223)

I lived in Milwaukee for a few years, and if I recall, the room this is housed is right next to the cafe. Lovely!

Also, it appears the site MPM site has been Slashdotted.

Oh, of course. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25627247)

Sure, let's all go to their site to watch a flower whose scientific name translates to 'giant misshapen penis' 'bloom' in full 1080p HD...

Re:Oh, of course. (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627295)

Sure, let's all go to their site to watch a flower whose scientific name translates to 'giant misshapen penis' 'bloom' in full 1080p HD...

I think I've already seen that video...

Re:Oh, of course. (1)

canUbeleiveIT (787307) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627783)

Sure, let's all go to their site to watch a flower whose scientific name translates to 'giant misshapen penis' 'bloom' in full 1080p HD...

Why does this sentence make me think of Monica Lewinsky?

You'll have to make do with the punchline only... (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628203)

So Satan says "OK, Monica, you're free to go."

UN-fortunately? (2, Funny)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627337)

There's a reason why they call these things corpse-flowers.

That gives me an idea (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25629759)

I think Corpse Flower would be an awesome name for an all-female death metal band.

Re:UN-fortunately? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25630411)

Because they're mean green mothers from outer space, and they're bad?

Ob. Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25631131)

Lisa: A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.

Bart: Not if you called them "stench blossoms."

Homer: Or, crapweeds.

Marge: I'd sure hate to get a dozen crapweeds for Valentine's Day. I'd rather have candy.

Homer: Not if they were called "scumdrops."

Link to video (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627365)

http://kona.doit.wisc.edu:8044

There. Fixed that for ya...

WTF? the stream is still alive!?!?!?!? (1)

drew_92123 (213321) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627491)

lol

Not only.. (1)

Eddy Luten (1166889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627603)

Not only are we watching a flower bloom in HD, the plant is named after a Giant Misshapen Phallus which when blooming gives off a smell resembling rotting meat that can be smelled for miles..

So we'll see guys in white suits incinerating it with flamethrowers? GG, Slashdot!

Smell-o-scope (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627641)

Frankly, I'm glad there is no smell-o-scope or smell-o-vision. There is a reason its called a corpse flower. It smells like rotting meat, or if you're lucky, cookies.

This is almost as exciting as ... (2, Informative)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627769)

watching grass grow [www.watching-grass-grow]

P.S. Some dude with a balding spot is in front of the corpse flower right now.

Smelloscope? (3, Insightful)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627827)

>A live feed from the smelloscope is unfortunately a few centuries away from being invented."

In this case, that is NOT unfortunate.

Re:Smelloscope? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25634783)

>A live feed from the smelloscope is unfortunately a few centuries away from being invented."

In this case, that is NOT unfortunate.

I wouldn't mind smelloscope for a flower, it's smelloscope for the goatse guy! (shudder)

whoa nelly (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25627871)

Thank God nobody ever invented Smellovision.

"Ever" is a matter of perspective... (1)

MadCow42 (243108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628067)

Past, present, future... it's all a matter of perspective. If you ask Phillip J. Fry, Smellovision has been invented.

"Ever yet" might be more appropriate and exact. Sorry to be pedantic. :)

Re:"Ever" is a matter of perspective... (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628479)

He's not a real person.

Just figured I'd be pedantic. ;)

(Couldn't help it, I did try to help it but I couldn't.)

Smell-o-vision (3, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25628695)

It's just not the same without Smell-o-vision [temple.edu] .

Thank gawd.

BAH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25628843)

Why all the controversy?
I don't understand what the big stink over this flower is. Geez.
Get over it.

Too bad I'm a Comcast subscriber (1)

c0d3g33k (102699) | more than 5 years ago | (#25629065)

... I can't watch for too long or I risk exceeding my bandwidth limit. Chilling effect? I think so. Someday an alternative will present itself (FiOS hopefully) and I'll jump as fast as I can.

crap, so how much (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25629257)

of my cap will I use up [slashdot.org] if I watch this?

Wouldn't it be funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25629965)

if Obama gets elected on the same day the "giant misshapen penis" blooms.
I'm just say'n, wouldn't it be funny?

Re:Wouldn't it be funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25630901)

Funny, perhaps. But it would be irony if it happened on a day McCain was elected.

Not a good day (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25630629)

Too bad it chose today to bloom, what with the election and all. Next year probably would have been better.

Re:Not a good day (3, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#25633143)

Too bad it chose today to bloom, what with the election and all. Next year probably would have been better.

Are you kidding? I cannot think of a more perfect day to celebrate by the blossoming of a flower known for its corrupt stench.

Oh man... (2, Informative)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25631385)

When it blooms, there will be NOBODY in that building to CARE.

We had one of those at the Kirby High Greenhouse. Right as it bloomed we had to get pictures of it and kill it off, because the stench was so bad it hit the cafeteria on the other side of school, and students were puking.

I feel sorry for the guys that have to deal with this, even once every six years!

Re:Oh man... (2, Informative)

Lijemo (740145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25633895)

We had one of those at the Kirby High Greenhouse. Right as it bloomed we had to get pictures of it and kill it off, because the stench was so bad it hit the cafeteria on the other side of school, and students were puking.

They killed a plant so rare that there are fewer than 200 (two-hundred) known specimens in the world, rather than vacate the premises for the few hours that the bloom lasts?!?!?!?

If they can't deal with closing the school one day to avoid the few hours every six years that the bloom is open, then why the heck did the school have one in the first place? Give it to another school, museum, or research center!

Re:Oh man... (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25637235)

we were responsible for thousands of clones of the same plant, so it was really no big deal.

And the plant is NOT as rare as it's made out to be, although the HABITAT is endangered.

Clones of these plants are ungodly hardy. We've put it in soils of below 5.5 pH and it loved it, whereas most plants would die off. It doesn't seem to care about ANYTHING and is adapted to many, many environments. I have a cousin of it growing in my indoor garden (granted it's not endangered or even threatened) but this thing still stinks to high heaven.

Given the cycle of life for these plants, low numbers seem almost appropriate. It's the habitat, not the species, that we need to save.

Re:Oh man... (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25637303)

bad form, I know, replying to myself - Thousands of clones really only = about 200 clones surviving then dying upon transport to other greenhouse environments. We've done cloning for years in this crap ass greenhouse, and it's still been used for many oddball and important projects, even after the school turned city and voted (and failed) to close the greenhouse down.

I used to help teach (as a student that already knew the entire Hort. Sci course from last year) and we did loads of amazing things. That corpse flower was one of our luckiest btreaks, although since I left I don't think we have that anymore, I think they moved to doing less smelly carnivorous plants (like Venus Flyraps which would LOVE that crap soil they use there at Kirby High.)

Recording of it? (1)

Jorophose (1062218) | more than 5 years ago | (#25634027)

This is one of those rarer shots, and I'd like to know if anybody has/can/will record this so we can all enjoy it a few years down the line. I know right now not only do I not have the power to run a 1080p video stream, I don't have the connection bw, or a monitor capable of streaming it. But it would be nice to come back on this one day.

Unless it's almost a given it's going to be on the pirate bay?

Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25645361)

Seriously. Do yourselves a favor and use mplayer.

mplayer -cache 8192 http://titan.doit.wisc.edu:8044/

Now we can all watch people stare, point, and generally make faces at the weird flower. ^ ^'

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